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The PMW-500 is equipped with three 2/3-inch type 2.2-megapixel full-HD progressive CCDs - the same sensors as used in Sony’s acclaimed PDW-F800/700 XDCAM Professional Disc HD 422 camcorders. Based on Sony’s Power HAD FX sensor technology and the latest on-chip lens structure, this type of CCD offers a high sensitivity of F12 at 50i (F11 at 59.94i).
Both SxS PRO™ and SxS-1™* memory cards use the PCI Express interface to achieve an extremely high data-transfer speed of 800 Mbps, and can resist considerable shock (1500 G) and vibration (15 G). Also, a unique Salvage function serves to restore content damaged by power loss or memory disconnection during recording**.In addition, with an optional MEAD-MS01 or MEAD-SD01 Media Adaptor***, a high-speed Memory Stick™ or SD memory card**** can be used as emergency or alternative recording media.* SxS-1 memory cards support fewer re-writes than SxS PRO™ memory cards. Notification is given when an SxS-1 memory card approaches its end of life.** In some cases, images recorded just before an accident may not be restored (several seconds). No warranty is given on always achieving content restoration.*** UDF (MXF) mode, Slow Motion and the Salvage function are not supported.**** For information about memory devices, please contact your nearest Sony office or authorized dealer.
The PMW-500 records and plays back high-definition video with 1920x1080 and 1280x720 resolutions up to 50 Mbps using MPEG-2 4:2:2P HL compression technology.
The PMW-500 records uncompressed four-channel, 24-bit audio in MPEG HD 422 mode or MPEG IMX mode. Each channel level can be adjusted independently by individual level controllers.
In addition to high-quality MPEG HD 422 50-Mbps mode, the PMW-500 can record and play back videos at different bit rates and in a variety of video formats. The PMW-500 supports both the broadcast-standard MXF file wrapper and IT-standard MP4 file wrapper. In UDF mode (MXF), which is compatible with the recording formats of the XDCAM™ Professional Disc Series, and in FAT mode (MP4/AVI), which is compatible with the XDCAM EX™ Series, the supplied XDCAM™ Browser, software can very rapidly convert files between formats, as no transcoding process is required.
With highly efficient MPEG-2 Long GOP compression and a large-capacity SxS memory card, the PMW-500 can record high-quality HD 422 50-Mbps images for a long recording time of 110 minutes on a single 64-GB SxS memory card. The SxS memory card can be hot-swapped with two cards while shooting, without interrupting the recording.
Designed to be very compact and ergonomically well balanced, the PMW-500 provides a high level of mobility and comfort in various shooting situations. It inherits the design of Sony’s well regarded PMW-350/320 XDCAM EX™ camcorders. The main body weighs only 3.4 kg
The power consumption of the PMW-500 is only 29W
With optional CBK-HD02 boards, the Digital Extender function* of the PMW-500 enables images to be digitally doubled in size. Unlike lens extenders, the Digital Extender function performs this doubling in size without any F-drop phenomenon (i.e., without loss of image sensitivity).***:This function is due to be activated at the end of March 2011.**: The Digital Extender function does not operate in 1080p mode, S and Q mode, or when working with XDCA-55 via CBK-HD02.
A magnified camera picture (x2) is available in the viewfinder, simplifying precise focus adjustment.
The Auto Focus Assist function enables operators to change focus positions manually using the focus ring in AF mode.
This feature decreases any chromatic aberration caused by the lens. ALAC is activated only with some third-party lenses that incorporate compensation data. (Please check with lens manufacturers for ALAC support.)
The PMW-500 offers a powerful Slow and Quick Motion function that enables users to create elegant fast- and slow-motion footage. The PMW-500 can capture images at frame rates selectable from 1 fps (frame per second) to 60 fps in 720p mode and from 1 fps to 30 fps in 1080p mode, in increments of 1 fps. (With the PAL setting in UDF (MXF) mode, frame rates are selectable up to 50 fps in 720p mode and up to 25 fps in 1080p mode.)
A maximum of 64 frames can be accumulated using the Slow Shutter function.
Four types of HyperGamma curve – inherited from Sony’s CineAlta camcorders – are provided in addition to six standard gammas.
The Interval Recording function intermittently records one frame at pre-determined intervals. This is convenient for shooting over long periods of time, and also when creating special effects with extremely rapid motion.
The Frame Recording function records images for pre-determined frames every time the Record button is pressed. This is particularly useful for clay animation shooting.
The PMW-500 camcorder comes equipped with optical ND filters and electrical CC filters. With electrical CC filters, users can easily select a colour temperature -3200K, 4300K, 5600K, or 6300K - by rotation using a camcorder-assignable switch.
The Auto Tracing White Balance function automatically adjusts the camera’s colour temperature according to changes in lighting conditions. If required, the user can hold auto tracing at a desired colour balance via an assignable switch.
Gain Control(-6 dB to +42 dB) and Turbo Gain (“Shockless gain control”) provide smooth transition in gain control.
IMX and DVCAM™ format recording and playback are also supported by the optional CBK-MD01 which can realize smooth migration from current SD operation to near-future HD operation.* Please note this is a chargeable option.
At the same time as recording high-resolution video and audio data, a low-resolution version of this AV data (called proxy data) can be recorded on SxS memory card. Proxy data enables amazingly high-speed file transfer and efficient batch editing workflow. (The Proxy Recording function works only in UDF (MXF) mode.)
For pool-feed operation*, optional CBK-HD02 boards provide HD- and SD-SDI inputs and Analog Composite input.* This function is due to be activated at the end of March 2011.
The PMW-500 comes equipped with up- and cross-conversion systems for input signals, which provide operational flexibility. It also supports down-conversion from HD to SD in playback mode. (Down-conversion of input signals and up-/cross-conversion of output signals are not supported.)
This function superimposes a previously recorded image onto the viewfinder, making it easy to shoot in the same framework as a previous take. Please note this function works only in HD mode.
This mode allows users to create a single, large clip with multiple starts and stops in recording. The benefit of this mode is a faster transport speed for single clips - there is no overhead for the file open/close process. Please note this function works only in UDF (MXF) mode.
The PMW-500 is equipped with a large, easy-to-view, 3.5-inch colour LCD monitor with a high resolution of approx. 921,000 effective pixels. This LCD monitor enables operators to instantly review recorded footage, as well as access the camera’s set-up menus and view status indications.
Frequently used functions can be programmed onto eight assignable switches on the PMW-500, allowing operators to make rapid changes when working in the field, convenient for shooting over long periods of time, and also when creating special effects with extremely rapid motion
3.4 kg (7 lb 7 oz) (body only without lens)
Dimensions (W x H x D)
124 x 269 x 332 mm (5 x 10 5/8 x 13 1/8 inches) without projection (body)
DC 12 V (11V - 17V)
Approx. 33 W (with viewfinder, lens, and microphone while recording)
Approx. 29 W (body while recording)
-5°C to 40°C (23°F to 104°F)
-20°C to +60°C (-4°F to +140°F)
Recording format (Video)
MPEG-2 Long GOP
HD422 mode: CBR, maximum bit rate: 50 Mbps, MPEG-2 422P@HL
HQ mode: VBR, maximum bit rate: 35 Mbps, MPEG-2 MP@HL
SP mode: CBR, 25 Mbps, MPEG-2 MP@H-14
SD mode (when the optional CBK-MD01is installed): IMX, DVCAM
Recording format (Audio)
(UDF Mode) HD 422 50 ModeLPCM 24 bits, 48 kHz 4 channels
HD 420 HQ Mode LPCM 16 bits, 48 kHz 4 channels
SD IMX Mode (when the optional CBK-MD01is installed) LPCM 16/24 bits, 48 kHz 4 channels
SD DVCAM Mode (when the optional CBK-MD01is installed) LPCM 16 bits, 48 kHz 4 channels
(FAT Mode)HD Mode LPCM 16 bits, 48 kHz 4 channels
SD DVCAM Mode (when the optional CBK-MD01is installed) LPCM 16 bits, 48 kHz 2 channels
Recording frame rate
UDF Mode)HD 422 50 Mode : MPEG-2 422P@HL, 50 Mbps/CBR1920 × 1080/59.94i, 50i, 29.97P, 25P,23.98P1280 × 720/59.94P, 50P, 29.97P, 25P, 23.98P
HD 420 HQ Mode: MPEG-2 MP@HL, 35 Mbps/VBR1440 × 1080/59.94i, 50i, 29.97P, 25P,23.98P1280 × 720/59.94P, 50P, 23.98P (PD)
SD DVCAM Mode (when the optional CBK-MD01is installed) 720 × 480/59.94i, 29.97PsF720 × 576/50i, 25PsF
(FAT Mode)HD HQ 1920 Mode: MPEG-2 MP@HL, 35 Mbps/VBR1920 × 1080/59.94i, 50i, 29.97P, 25P,23.98P
HD HQ 1440 Mode: MPEG-2 MP@HL, 35 Mbps/VBR1440 × 1080/59.94i, 50i, 29.97P, 25P,23.98P
HD HQ 1280 Mode: MPEG-2 MP@HL, 35 Mbps/VBR1280 × 720/59.94P, 50P, 29.97P, 25P,23.98P
HD SP 1440 Mode: MPEG-2 MP@H-14, 25 Mbps/CBR1440 × 1080 /59.94i, 50i(23.98P is converted to 59.94i in 2-3 pulldown processing.)
SD DVCAM Mode (when the optional CBK-MD01is installed) 720 × 480/59.94i, 29.97PsF 720 × 576/50i, 25PsF
Recording/Playback time - may vary the according to the encoding or memory.
(UDF Mode) HD 422 50/SD IMX Mode: Approx. 120 min with SBS-64G1A (64 GB) memory card,Approx. 60 min with SBP-32 / SBS-32G1A (32 GB) memory card, Approx. 30 min with SBP-16 (16 GB) memory card
HD 420 HQ Mode:Approx. 180 min with SBS-64G1A (64 GB) memory card,Approx. 90 min with SBP-32 / SBS-32G1A (32 GB) memory card, Approx. 45 min with SBP-16 (16 GB) memory card
SD DVCAM Mode: (Option) Approx. 220 min with SBS-64G1A (64 GB) memory card, Approx. 110 min with SBP-32 / SBS-32G1A (32 GB) memory card, Approx. 55 min with SBP-16 (16 GB) memory card
(FAT mode)HD HQ Mode:Approx. 200 min with SBS-64G1A (64 GB) memory card, Approx. 100 min with SBP-32 / SBS-32G1A (32 GB) memory card, Approx. 50 min with SBP-16 (16 GB) memory card
(FAT mode)HD HQ Mode:Approx. 200 min with SBS-64G1A (64 GB) memory card, Approx. 100 min with SBP-32 / SBS-32G1A (32 GB) memory card,Approx. 50 min with SBP-16 (16 GB) memory card
SD DVCAM Mode: (Option) Approx. 260 min with SBS-64G1A (64 GB) memory card, Approx. 130 min with SBP-32 / SBS-32G1A (32 GB) memory card, Approx. 65 min with SBP-16 (16 GB) memory card
2/3-type SONY bayonet
3-chip 2/3-inch type Power HAD FX CCD
Effective picture elements
1920 x 1080 (H x V)
F1.4 prism system
Built-in optical filters
Sensitivity (2000 lx, 3200K,89.9% reflectance)
F11 (typical) (1920 x 1080/59.94i mode), F12 (typical) (1920 x 1080/50i mode)
0.016 lx (typical) (1920 x 1080/59.94i mode, F1.4, +42 dB gain, with 16-frame accumulation)
59 dB (Y) (typical)
1,000 TV lines or more (1920 x 1080i mode)
1/60 sec to 1/2,000 sec + ECS (Slow Shutter seßtting frames vary according to the system frequency.)
Slow & Quick Motionfunction
720p: Selectable from 1 fps to 60 fps as recording frame rate (from 1 fps to 50 fps in the case of Pal Area Setting in the UDF Mode), 1080p: Selectable from 1 fps to 30 fps as recording frame rate(from 1 fps to 25 fps in the case of Pal Area Setting in the UDF Mode)
Preset (3200K), Memory A, Memory B/ATW
-6, -3, 0, 3, 6, 9, 12, 18, 24, 30, 36, 42 dB
XLR-type 3-pin (female) (x2), line/mic/mic +48 V selectable
BNC (x1), Composite, HD-Y
(Option) BNC (x1), HD-SDI/SD-SDI selectable
BNC (x1), HD-SDI/SD-SDI selectable
IEEE 1394, 6-pin (x1),HDV™ (HDV 1080i)/DVCAM stream input/output (HDV/DV stream input/output are available only in FAT mode. DVCAM stream input is only for monitoring use on view finder), S400
USBdevice BType(x1), host AType(x1)
Stereo mini jack (x1)
Supplied interfaces (20-pin IF for HDVF, 26-pin IF for CBK-VF01)
Built-in LCD monitor
3.5-inch type colour LCD monitor: approx. 921,000 effective pixels, 640 (H) x 3 (RGB) x 480 (V), 16:9, hybrid type (Viewable area measured diagonally).
ExpressCard/34 slot (x2)
Shoulder Strap (x1), Cold Shoe Kit (x1), Operation Manual (x1), XDCAM Browser software (x1), SxS device driver software (x1)